While other official tallies have placed the figure a bit short of that mark, the administration marked the moment during the second Covid summit, reflecting on the pandemic’s devastation on the nation after more than two years.
“As a nation, we must not grow numb to such sorrow. To heal, we must remember. We must remain vigilant against this pandemic and do everything we can to save as many lives as possible, as we have with more testing, vaccines, and treatments than ever before,” Biden wrote. “It’s critical that Congress sustain these resources in the coming months.”
Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to mark the occasion.